Procedural Manual & Technical Guidelines

The Procedural Manual provides detailed information about Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) review procedures and submission requirements as part of the development review process.

The Procedural Manual includes a consolidation of all of TRCA’s standards as outlined in technical checklists and guidelines. This document is meant to further improve our working relationship with our member municipalities, the development community and the public.

About the Procedural Manual

TRCA is committed to improving the delivery of all programs, including our planning and regulatory functions. To this end, we have created a Planning and Development Procedural Manual, which was endorsed at Authority Meeting #7/07, held on September 28, 2007, by Resolution #A 196/07.

Procedural Manual 2023 Update: TRCA is in the process of reviewing the Procedural Manual for update. For more information, please contact Mary-Ann Burns at or (437) 880-2299.

The Procedural Manual provides:

The Procedural Manual is not a policy document, but rather a guidance document of current procedures and practices. The Manual is a “living document” that will be updated on a periodic basis to reflect any procedural issues related to updated technical practices or legislative changes.


Memorandums of Understanding

Please see section 2.2.1 of the Planning and Development Procedural Manual for further information on Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs).


Checklists & Guidelines

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Design and Planning Guidelines


Environmental Assessment


Flood Plain Management


Infrastructure Projects


Land Dedication


Master Environmental Servicing Plans


Minor Works


Property Inquiries


Site Management Guidelines


Stormwater Management Guidelines


Technical Studies

TRCA Jurisdiction Map

TRCA Planning and Permits Jurisdiction Map